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Regional Information Niigata

Niigata, one of the largest centers of food, machinery and metal industries

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Department of Industry, Labor and Tourism, Industrial Establishment DivisionExternal site: a new window will open.

4-1 Shinko-cho, Chuo-ku, Niigata-city, Niigata Prefecture 950-8570
Tel: +81-25-280-5248 Fax: +81-25-280-5508


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The information below is as of November 2017. (Basic Information: September 2018)

Basic Information

Population *1 2.37 million
Labor force *1 1.22 million
Area (square kilometer)*2 12,584.15
GDP *3 8,845,614 million yen
Major industries Food products, chemicals, metallic products, electronic components and devices, production machinery (listed in the order of shipment value)
Wage *4
Initial wage for university graduates(Average)
Initial wage for upper secondery school graduates (Average)
Scheduled cash eanings (Average)
Land price(for 1square meter) *5
Land price for industrial use (Average)
Land Price for Commercial Use (Average)
Number of Establishments *6 122,378
Number of Employees *6 1,125,360
Offices overseas

Dalian, China (March 1997) / Seoul, Korea (October 1990)

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Regional Profile

Strength of the region's industries and economy

The weighting of food products and metallic products is higher within the manufacturing industry in Niigata than in other prefectures.
The food product industry spread throughout the prefecture. With rice as a representative example, the food product industry is tapping into abundant agricultural and marine products and high quality water. In particular, Niigata is a home to some of Japan’s largest manufacturers of rice biscuits, sake and fish cakes.
The metallic products industries are concentrated in and around the Tsubame and Sanjo regions. It has one of the largest concentrations of western tableware, metallic tableware, housewares and tools in Japan.
Manufactured product shipment value in the major manufacturing industries:
15.7% for food products, 13.0% for chemical products, 11.3% for metallic products, 7.1% for production machinery and 6.8% for electronic components and devices (as for FY 2014).

metallic product

Available incentives

Niigata Prefecture offers a concentration of advanced technology and industry, first-rate intellectual resources, such as human resources and universities, and a fully-developed distribution transportation infrastructure, including expressways, ports, airports and more, which is a key component of both the domestic and international distribution network. With competition intensifying on a global scale and the business environment becoming increasingly harsh, Niigata Prefecture is helping businesses by offering one of the best preferential treatment systems in the country coupled with support for global business expansion making the utmost use of the prefecture’s local resources.

Incentive name

Subsidy Program for Industrial Location Promotion

Incentive type Subsidies
Incentive target industries

Manufacturing, wholesaling, transport, warehousing, packaging, research and development facilities and others approved by the governor

Outline of Incentives (Requirements etc.)

Subsidy target: Within 5% of depreciable assets invested
Limit: Up to 5 billion yen

Incentive name

Subsidy Program for Supporting Companies in Finding Locations Including Prefecture-Run Industrial Zones (subsidy for electricity rates)

Incentive type Subsidies
Incentive target industries

Manufacturing, wholesaling, truck cargo transport, warehousing, packaging, software, and information processing and provision

Outline of Incentives (Requirements etc.)

Subsidy target: Electricity rates
Limit: Up to 18.75 million yen (per year)
Subsidy for the equivalent of one fourth of the electricity rates for 8 years

Incentive name

Subsidy Program for Industrial Location Promotion

Incentive type Subsidies
Incentive target industries

Foreign-affiliated companies (capital ratio exceeding 1/3), foreign companies, and foreign commercial and industrial groups

Outline of Incentives (Requirements etc.)

Subsidy target: Office rent (excluding deposit) × 1/2 (for 3 years)
Limit: 3 million yen
(Total sum of annual limit of 1 million yen for 3 years)

Incentive name

Industrial Location Ordinance

Incentive type Preferential Tax Treatment
Incentive target industries

Manufacturing, information services, Internet-related services, video-, audio-, text-information production, information and communication technology, truck cargo transport, warehousing, packaging, wholesaling, plant factories, and data centers

Outline of Incentives (Requirements etc.)

Exemption from real estate acquisition tax
Enterprise Tax: non-uniform taxation (special tax rate is applied)

Related Link
Industrial location guide: Niigata Industrial GuidePDF file
Seoul Office

In order to further deepen relations between Niigata and South Korea, the Niigata Trade Promotion Association opened an office in Seoul in October 1990. It is involved in a wide range of areas, such as support for economic and tourism exchange and information collection and dissemination. Since 2005, the Niigata Industrial Creation Organization (NICO) office in Seoul has been operating under the joint management of Niigata Prefecture and Niigata City.

Economic and Trade Dalian Office

The Niigata Economic and Trade Dalian Office was established in March 1997 through the joint initiative of the economic community and related local governments as the only representative office in China. Since April 2005, this NICO office has served as a bridge fostering economic exchange between Niigata and China.